The Ten Commandments is one of the most well-known and most misunderstood
documents in the Western world. Given to the wizard Moses, leader
of the Hebrew Nation, some 3000 years ago, it has been turned from a message
of positive affirmation of Truth and example of Creative Power through
Spirit into an instrument which has, along with the rest of the Bible,
been used to subjugate the spirit of Man and enslave him to the whims of
those in power. With the advent of the Ascension of Humanity upon
us, this must change. The true nature of Spirit still remains in
the heart of the Ten Commandments, even through the outer form has been
twisted to hide and pervert its inner message. It is time to reexamine
these commandments in light of the new era of Ascension and enlightenment.
(NEW) I am Spirit; I am All That Is.
Nothing exists that is not part of Me, and nothing that is not part of
me can exist. Nothing can be higher or lower than Me; I am the sum
total, and product, and range of All That Is.
What this commandment truly sought to represent was an affirmation
of Spirit as the One Life; that all of Creation is of this One Life, and
that nothing higher nor lower could exist. Because we are of Spirit,
we too are Divine, and no other gods can exist before us, or any other
being of Spirit. It is not a commandment of denial and subjugation,
but one destined to awaken all of Humanity to the knowledge of its own
Divinity and of claiming its birthright. Placing anything external
to your Divine Self in greater power is to deny yourself your personal
connection to the One Life, the source of all Love and Creative Power,
and thus to deny your Divinity and your birthright.
2. (OLD) You shall not carve idols for yourself in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth, you shall not bow down before them or worship them.
(NEW) In your hearts and minds are the only
temples of the Wisdom and of the Divine Plan, for they are the only vessels
capable of rendering conscious creation with it. Do not build edifices
on earth to this Wisdom and worship it mindlessly; nor make a cult of personality
out of the channels and messengers of the Wisdom. Work with the Plan
as it manifests within your own hearts and minds, and not as interpreted
by an external source.
When a thought-form is reduced to a cult of a persona, its Wisdom
is crystallized and entrapped, and the ensouling essence of that wisdom
retracts its energies and leaves lest it too be entrapped, leaving nothing
but an outer shell of mindless worship and devotion to a graven image;
a dead being incapable of power or of creative expression. To work
consciously with the message given within the Heart and the Mind, rather
than venerate its vessel of expression, is to grant oneself the power of
co-creation within that Wisdom.
3. (OLD) You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
(NEW) Let your actions and deeds be that whereby
you prove yourself, and not by your words. Do not validate your actions
in the name of anything external to yourself and your divine source.
(P.S. For those of you who have been told this is the "Do not
'cuss'" injunction, forget it. I imagine that Spirit itself does
some fine cussing from time to time, especially when dealing with some
of the fixes we get into!)
(NEW) Remember to make regular contact with Spirit as well as with
Matter in whichever manner you so choose. Do not let the obstacles
and desires of the dense plane deter you from your Service.
Regarding communication with Spirit: This communication needs
to be proactive; poised and ready to ask questions and receive answers
and inspiration. Drop the mindless chanting of mantras and litanies
and begging for forgiveness for sins that you never even committed and
abasing yourself as "dirt under Spirit's shoe." This does no one
any good, yourself or Spirit, and it is certainly not in accordance with
Divine Will and Intent. There is nothing sadder than seeing people
who have been indoctrinated with the idea that the only time they can contact
Spirit meaningfully is at a certain hour of the morning on one day of the
week in a particular building, and that you have to be dressed in confining,
uncomfortable clothes to do it. Spirit doesn't care if make contact
while you're naked. After all, that's how you came into this world.
Also, in communicating with spirit, drop the "Gimme gimme gimme" aspect
of praying and concentrate on giving and receiving as a two-directional
flow. You'll see that miracles indeed will occur, and your life will
become more meaningful and productive.
(NEW) Remember to honor both Spirit and Matter equally, for both
are opposites of the same manifestation. Spirit is the highest vibratory
frequency of Matter, and Matter is the lowest vibratory frequency of Spirit.
Value them equally as one, so that they may be in perfect balance and harmony.
Because in Spirit all are brothers, with no one higher or lower than the others, the illusion of the Parent-Child relationship is a third-dimensional physical dense construct developed solely for the enabling of lesson. This illusory relationship is not the target of this commandment. "Father" and "Mother" are metaphors for "Spirit" and "Matter." This wording was used first as a veiling of the Wisdom from the Dark Ones, and later as a manipulatory tool by the power elite of society. Spirit and Matter are opposite poles of the same expression.
In order for a particular effect to be made manifest, Spirit and Matter have to be balanced in the proper proportions (and that's not always 50-50). The problem is that, in the last Solar incarnations, Matter was given predominance in attention; and in this Solar incarnation, Spirit was to have had predominance (except that it hasn't quite worked out that way...yet). "Predominance" means in proportion, not in importance, although the injunction was misinterpreted to mean importance rather than proportion. Thus, you have the denial of the venial and the carnal by the Church, cults which participated in asceticism and mortification of the flesh, denial of the sexual function, etc., for the past 2000 years, because of the interpretation that Matter was less important than Spirit (instead of Matter being given equal importance but lesser PROPORTION in the manifestations during this age). Because of this denial of Matter, we now are facing the destruction of species on the Earth, the depletion of its natural resources, and the widespread poverty, disease, and famine that only 2000 years of mortification and denial can explain.
Honor both Spirit and Matter equally. Without one, the other
cannot exist, and without them, we as consciousness cannot exist.
(NEW) Honor all life, both tangible and intangible.
Do not engage in purposeless destruction, in the deprivation
of life, thought, hope, joy, or any other expression of Spirit.
Many people who profess to be vegetarians point to this commandment as justification (See number 3 above!) for their particular lifestyle, and condemnation of the rest of humanity who are carnivorous, for "killing" animals. Sorry, but did "You shall not kill" exclude plant life from that injunction? Are plants non-living, or lesser than animals? (Actually, evolutionary-wise, plants are higher on the evolutionary scale than either animals or humans, in that they are much better at expressing diversity through form. Ponder on this!)
If everything is comprised of Spirit, and therefore infused with life, then how can one eat to survive and not kill? Even vitamins are of Spirit, and are thereby living. This is obviously a moot point. Because dense manifestation is illusory (albeit real for the sake of lesson), destruction of forms of some sort must occur in order for dense manifestations to continue. The point is, there is a purpose and balance to everything. Some expressions of spirit, such as certain plants and animals, manifest with the purpose of providing food to others, and in so doing, share in their evolutionary process and increase the power of Spirit. It's a willing agreement made in Divine Will and Intent, and it exists to keep species and kingdoms of forms in interaction with each other, so that an understanding of the totality of the One Life may be reached.
Purposeless destruction, on the other hand, is destruction of forms from the aspect of the separative will, without Divine Will or Intent, serving no greater purpose for so doing. It is hilarious to note that so many of the so-called "Pro-Lifers" who have dedicated themselves to protecting unborn babies would not stop at murdering those who provide abortions. (Doesn't "Pro-Life" mean "For Life"?) Or, better yet, the concept of the Jihad or Crusade, the "Holy War" ... killing others in the name of Spirit. (Most likely because of going against the 2nd commandment). Even the statement in the Bible about Mankind being given "dominion over the earth" has been used to justify the wholesale slaughter of entire species of animals and plants without a backward glance, not to mention the democide of races and cultures of humans.
There are other ways of "killing" something than physically destroying it, though.
For every parent who has destroyed his or her child's imagination or faith and trust in the world because of their own fears and projections, for every wagging tongue that has destroyed an innocent's reputation, for every cruel word or carping criticism that has stripped someone of part of their self-esteem, for every taunt and jibe that has destroyed an expression of Spirit within someone, purposeless destruction has occurred.
Maybe we need to be more careful about what comes out of our mouths,
rather than what goes into them.
7. (OLD) You shall not commit adultery.
(NEW) Do not engage in weakening any
expression or manifestation of Spirit, no matter which form it takes.
Rather, strengthen the ties and manifestations of Spirit, and in so doing
increase the power of Spirit.
Well, that is a form of adultery, but it's certainly not the only, nor the most important, form of it. Examine the verb "to adulterate", from which comes the noun "adultery". To adulterate means to weaken; to make lower in quality by adding inferior, impure, or improper materials, or by the infusion of foreign agents into a substance. Alcohol, for instance, is adulterated when mixed with water. The water weakens the potency of the alcohol.
Certainly, if a union of two persons is made in Spirit, the unwanted intrusion of a third person in the densest sense, that of physical (sexual) union, will adulterate the original union (unless such an arrangement is approved of by all parties, in which a new union is then made). This is the classic sense of adultery; weakening the bonds of marriage by having sexual relations with someone else outside the marriage. However, the classic interpretation also was made when wives were considered "chattel" by their husbands, much like the children were, and thus lacking in any rights whatsoever. Notice that the original interpretation of adultery precluded any mention of the husband's taking concubines, which Mosaic Law has no problem in sanctioning. It was the wife who committed adultery by "sleeping around" on her husband. Notice no mention of the other offending male party is made in this charge.
Forget about sexual relations, though, for the time being. What about the mother-in-law who constantly criticizes her daughter's husband to her face, or the best friend who spreads gossip about their friend's spouse's possible infidelities, creating doubt in the mind of his/her friend? What of the meddlesome family member who takes joy at setting other family members at each other and then sitting back gleefully to watch the ensuing ruckus? Well, they're committing adultery. Not classic adultery, but adultery all the same, in that they're weakening the bonds of love, trust, and commitment made in Spirit.
Adultery is one of the oldest methods of manipulation and backhanded strategy. It's called "Divide and conquer", in which bonds between people are weakened by those seeking to manipulate them so that they can be pitted against each other and thus make it easier for the offending party to gain the upper hand in the situation; usually one of manipulation and control.
To strengthen the bonds of Spirit, on the other hand, is to strengthen
the bonds of all humanity and Life, and thus to strengthen your own.
In other words, to come into your own power, support the power and majesty
in others as well.
8. (OLD) You shall not steal.
(NEW) Appropriate for yourself nothing that is not yours by Divine Right from Spirit, be it dense manifestation or non-dense energy.
Interpretation: This is another seemingly self-explanatory commandment that is a lot deeper than at first thought. Quite rightly, one should not take for oneself what belongs to another (a concept which will be addressed again in number 10 below). However, in the sense of Spirit, this injunction means, "Do not appropriate another's just due of Spirit for oneself." Don't steal another person's spiritual power or energy.
We've all been around those people who seem to live off of other people's energy. Like psychic vampires, they drain you just being around you. Some of this is unconscious and is the result of living in a victim mentality in dysfunctional relationships, but quite often it is willful and malicious appropriation of Divine Energy from an external source rather than one's own equipment. Constant carping and criticism also can drain people of morale and energy. (See number 6 above).
The willful misappropriation of energy from a source other than your
connection to the One Life is literally the definition of "Black Magic."
It is unnecessary and purposeless, and eventually results in the defeat
of the one misappropriating the energy. All people, being of Spirit,
have direct access to the One Life and the Creative Love force. There
is no need to siphon it off of others. Conversely, by strengthening
one's own character and personal Will and aligning it with Divine Will
and Intent, one can escape the "victim" role of being the one from whom
energy is taken.
9. (OLD) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
(NEW) Do not engage in lying and oathbreaking, especially at the expense of another. Become a perfect expression of Truth, that you may be a channel and vessel of Light to others.
In pre-Christian Germany and Scandinavia, one of the blackest crimes a person could commit was lying or oathbreaking; punishable by massive fines, becoming an outcast, or, in the most serious situations, by hanging. One's word was one's bond; the Word being the physical dense manifestation of the Will of Spirit. If one could not be believed, according to the ancient Norse, one was no longer "human." Shakespeare's character Iago in "Othello" best represents this in its vilest form: the willful deceit of Othello that resulted in his killing his innocent wife, then himself, on the basis of Iago's lies about Desdemona's infidelity. The character "Wormtongue" (aptly named) personifies this as well in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Of all the characters in fiction, the one who lies against others is always portrayed as the blackest of villains.
What then, of those who lie against Spirit? The "false prophets" (or Profits, should I say?) who pretend to lead people to enlightenment, but instead lead them into falsehoods and confusion, destroying their hope and faith in Spirit and in Life while lining their pockets at their follower's expense? "By their deeds shall you know them," said the Master Jesus, and also, "Whosoever leads these (little ones) astray, it would be better for them that a millstone were hung around their necks, and that they were drowned in the depths of the sea." (For a wizard, Jesus didn't mince words.)
Keep your words and deeds in accordance with the Divine Plan and
in Divine Will and Intent, for they are the expressions of Spirit into
the world of Form.
10. (OLD) You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male or female slave, nor his ox, nor ass, nor anything else that belongs to him.
(NEW) Do not desire gain for yourself at the expense of another. All are equal in the sight of Spirit, and all gifts are obtained equally from Spirit. Look to Spirit for that which you need, not from the deprivation of others.
Interpretation: In spite of the rather sexist phrasing of the original commandment (which undoubtedly was rewritten, since Spirit recognizes both genders as valid expressions of Form), this injunction was aimed at those who believe that the physical dense, the Finite, was the "be-all, end-all" of Life and the Universe. In short, given a finite set of scarce resources, the only way I can increase is if someone else decreases. In such a world, the "Win-Lose" zero-sum game scenario holds full sway. The only way I can get ahead is to take "it" from someone who has "it." This is best summed up in the Yuppies' Motto: "He who dies with the most toys, wins."
The nature of Greed, and coveting what others have, stems from this erroneous assumption that the physical dense is "all that is." Those who recognize Spirit as Infinite, with Infinite resource, realize the futility of such motives as greed and jealousy of others. All gifts come from Spirit, and those who align themselves in Divine Will and Intent with Spirit, receive their blessings directly from the source. There is no need to covet what others have, since you can have that too, and even more...and better, customized for your needs and lessons rather than someone else's.
It is frustrating to see those who, out of their greedy and covetous
nature, grasp and steal from others what they think they can't obtain by
any other means, and appear to succeed at doing so. Understand that
such "success" is illusory, and that in the long run, their actions will
bring them no joy or peace, and will eventually hasten their own loss and
destruction. That which is put out, returns to its source.
Even in light of the new interpretations of the Ten Commandments, one still supercedes all of them, and makes them merely academic by comparison. This is the commandment given by the Christ Spirit to humanity:
Love One Another as I have Loved You.
When it comes down to it, there is very little left to say, after that.
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